Crimes of the Heart Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Meg explains their mother's suicide by telling Babe:

2. Meg claims she has not read Lenny's letters because:

3. Chick asks Meg about her singing career because:

4. Barnette plans to win the case by arguing:

5. Chick suggests Lenny wait at home and do what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What seems to be happening to Babe at the end of Act II?

2. What does Babe's attitude about jail reveal about her?

3. How do Meg and Lenny appear to feel about their father?

4. Why does Lenny continually bring up the past?

5. Why does Babe seem surprise to hear the real story of Doc's injury and the town's opinion of Meg?

6. Describe Meg's life in Hollywood.

7. The candy Chick brings, which is outdated and unwanted, might represent what?

8. Why are Lenny and Babe laughing about Old Granddaddy's stroke?

9. What is significant about the last image on stage before the lights go down?

10. What kind of relationship did Babe have with Zackery?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Henry Miller said, "The prisoner is not the one who has committed a crime, but the one who clings to his crime and lives it over and over." Considering any character in the play, defend, refute, or qualify Miller's statement.

Essay Topic 2

Consider the ideas of fault and blame in Henley's play. What idea or events connect to fault and blame for the Magraths? What message is Henley communicating through the ideas of fault and blame in her play?

Essay Topic 3

Consider the play's title, "Crimes of the Heart." What "crimes" have been committed in the play? What aspects of love or feeling are threatened, and how does this inform the message or theme of the play?

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